Industry News: Minimum wage rise inadequate says union

thumbnail_e-tu-logo-large-600x315The E tu union says a 50 cent increase in the minimum wage doesn’t go far enough and employers should commit to paying a living wage.

The government has announced the minimum wage will rise by 50 cents from $15.25 to $15.75, effective April 1.

E tu campaign organiser Mat Danaher says the announcement comes hard on the heels of last week’s figures showing key New Zealand cities are among the most unaffordable in the world. Continue reading “Minimum wage rise inadequate says union” »

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Industry News: Ford hires new chief brand officer

fordA former senior Apple executive will join Ford as the company’s brand boss.

Musa Tariq has been appointed as vice president and chief brand officer, responsible for further building and differentiating the company’s Ford brand globally.

“As we grow our business, we’re also expanding our focus on and investment in building and differentiating our iconic Ford brand,” says Mark Fields, Ford president and chief executive. Continue reading “Ford hires new chief brand officer” »

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Industry News: Renault-distributor lands Infiniti brand

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Nissan’s spinoff premium brand Infiniti is set to arrive in New Zealand – but in the hands of a different distributor.

Global Motors New Zealand Limited, owned by interests related to the Giltrap and Spencer families, currently distributes Renault, but will add the brand to its roster over the next couple of months.

It will officially – but quietly – begin selling the brand from its Auckland and Christchurch dealerships from March. Continue reading “Renault-distributor lands Infiniti brand” »

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Industry News: Ford makes online car purchases easier in US

ford-creditUS-based consumers looking to buy a new Ford will soon be able to do it from anywhere.

That is thanks to a new venture between Ford Credit and financial technology company AutoFi.

Ford Credit is using a new platform developed by San Francisco-based AutoFi that lets customers buy and finance one of its vehicles through the dealer website from a mobile phone, tablet, or computer. Continue reading “Ford makes online car purchases easier in US” »

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Industry News: Got a Trade Week returns

mito_colourThe third annual Got a Trade Week is returning this August.

Part of MITO’s Got a Trade? Got it Made! campaign, the week aims to raise awareness of learning and career opportunities in New Zealand’s trades and services.

Got a Trade week runs from August 21-27. Continue reading “Got a Trade Week returns” »

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Industry News: Bapcor seizes control of Hellaby board

bapcor-1Bapcor chief executive Darryl Abotomey is set to take over as chair of Hellaby Holdings now his company has a controlling stake in the business.

The Australian auto firm has also installed chief financial officer Gregory Fox, general manager of strategic business development Matthew Cooper, and independent director Margaret Haseltine to the board, BusinessDesk reports.

Former Hellaby directors Mark Cowsill, Gary Mollard and James Sclater have resigned effective immediately. Continue reading “Bapcor seizes control of Hellaby board” »

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Industry News: Driverless car supplier sets up HQ in Adelaide

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Leading driverless car supplier, RDM Group, will open its Asia-Pacific headquarters in Adelaide, with future plans to develop an assembly facility in South Australia.

RDM Group – which is working on delivering the UK’s first driverless vehicles for use on public pavements, streets and private land – will open an office at Flinders University’s Tonsley campus.

The office will be responsible for purchasing, sales and technology support as part of the firm’s expansion into Australia and the Asia-Pacific region. Continue reading “Driverless car supplier sets up HQ in Adelaide” »

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Columns: Happy New Year to you all

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This story first appeared in the January issue of AutoTalk – CLICK HERE to download the magazine FREE

 

At the start of each new year there is a great rush to gaze into the crystal ball and make some predictions for the year ahead. Before we all attempt to do this, I suggest that we need a quick look back to look forward.

2016 was an interesting year for our industry as well as being a record year for both new and used vehicles.

Last year the things that stuck in my mind included fuel prices and the regional variances of the retail price that has flow on effects to the cost of doing business and running vehicles, electric vehicles and the emergence of an influx of second hand EVs being imported into NZ to meeting consumer demand, ESC and the debate between the industry and the regulators, radio frequencies, ITS and the ITS summit in Melbourne where there was a large Kiwi presence, Aussie write offs and the debate on their merits, the MC class vehicle debate, autonomous vehicles, flood damaged vehicles, air bags, fraud and fraud management, industry mergers and acquisitions, change of associate transport minister, and another round of restructuring at NZTA. Continue reading “Happy New Year to you all” »

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